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Recent Events

The Humphrey School hosts many public events each semester, bringing together public officials and policy experts with students and the general public.

Wednesday
20

Save the date - Career Exploration Trip: Chicago! - Alumni & Student Reception

May 20, 5:30 p.m. | TBD - Chicago, IL

Join us for a very special reception! For the second year, Chicago area alumni will have the opportunity to network with current and prospective students, alumni, and friends of both the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Whether you're looking to network or reconnect, we look forward to seeing you! RSVP details to come in spring 2015.

Wednesday
18

Save the date - Career Exploration Trip: D.C.! - Alumni & Student Reception

March 18, 5 p.m. | TBD - Washington, D.C.

Students, alumni, and friends of the Humphrey School are invited to attend this great annual event. Dean Eric Schwartz and other special guests will be there to bring you up to date on what is happening at the Humphrey School. Whether you're looking to network or reconnect, we look forward to seeing you! RSVP details to come in 2015!

Friday
6

Save the Date! Snowfall Soiree: An MPA Mid-winter Gathering

February 6, 5 p.m. | Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, United States

Save the date! There’s nothing more heartwarming on a cold winter’s night than a celebration of leadership and the common good! MPA alumni and students are invited to join us in welcoming distinguished Master of Public Affairs alumni and guest speakers (TBA). Registration details to come in late 2014.

Thursday
11

Same Sun: Lilia Muslimova on The Role of Social Networking in the Ukrainian Crisis

December 11, 3 p.m. | Andreas Theater (HHH 110)

The Same Sun Happy Hour brings together International Fellows with Humphrey School faculty, staff and students to present, share, and discuss a range of international topics in an informal setting. Same Sun will take place on select Thursday afternoons from 3:00-4:00pm over the course of the semester. Food and refreshments will be provided!

Wednesday
10

Get Smart on Crime: New Directions in America's Incarceration Policy

December 10, 5:30 p.m. | Humphrey Forum, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Locking up the "bad guys" has been America's reaction to crime for decades. The result has been soaring budgetary costs, the highest incarceration rates in the world, and a track record of ineffectiveness and waste. A large body of rigorous research now demonstrates that America's incarceration is excessive and counter-productive. A reform movement is championing a move toward smart sentencing to improve safety and economic opportunity while restraining the growing fiscal drain of America's prisons. Leading state and national experts chart new directions in America's incarceration policy. Event followed by light dinner. http://smartoncrime.eventbrite.com

Friday
5

Humphrey Innovation Seminar

December 5, 9 a.m. | Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave S #307, Minneapolis, MN 55455, United States

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs invites state and local government officials and others interested in innovation work to join a thought-provoking seminar to delve into emerging trends and existing opportunities for government creativity and service redesign. The seminar will feature workshops on launching and developing innovative public initiatives by addressing topics of collaboration, media engagement, institutional opposition, and overcoming obstacles. http://z.umn.edu/2014hhhinnovation

Thursday
4

A Discussion on Safe and Economic Transportation of Bakken Crude Oil Through Minnesota And The Economic Impact of the Bakken Oil Boom

December 4, 9 a.m. | Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

How do we safely transport Bakken shale oil through the State of Minnesota to refineries on the East and Gulf Coasts? Presentations and discussions with speakers that bring global, national, regional and local expertise on viable options such as risk management practices and the economic impacts of the Bakken oil boom to the state and business community. Dr. Tom Bubenik and Dr. Oliver Moghissi, of DNV GL will address pipeline safety issues of concern to Minnesota. DNV GL is a leading global provider of risk management, technical advisory and technical assurance services to the oil & gas industry and a leading expert on the energy value chain. Dr. Bubenik recently briefed a U.S. Congress Transportation Committee on these topics. Discussion Topics:  How can we define and implement best practices and use risk management principles to assess pipeline risk and integrity management to prevent future spills while balancing the industry’s and State’s interests?  How can we mitigate the risks of rail car transportation?  What are economic impacts of the Bakken oil boom on Minnesota, its businesses and constituents?  How can Minnesota businesses benefit from the potential billions in infrastructure investment and as suppliers to the continuing Bakken shale oil boom? Distinguished Speakers:  Dr. Tom Bubenik, Senior Principal Engineer, DNV GL Oil & Gas  Dr. Oliver Moghissi, Vice President Of Technology, DNV GL Oil & Gas  Paul Eberth, Project Director, Sandpiper, Major Projects, Enbridge  David Christianson, Project Manager, Minnesota Department of Transportation and Advisor to the Governor’s Roundtable on Bakken oil transportation infrastructure issues  Rob Grunewald, Regional Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis  Brian Sweeney, Regional Assistant Vice President, Government Affairs, BNSF Presented by the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce Upper Midwest Chapter. Register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/safe-transport-of-bakken-crude-oil-through-north-dakota-minnesota-tickets-12946177365

Wednesday
3

2015 Oslo Summer School and Smaby Fellowship info sessoin

December 3, 11:30 a.m. | HHH 110 Andreas Theatre

HUMPHREY STUDENTS INTERESTED IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, HUMAN RIGHTS, PEACE STUDIES SMABY PEACE FELLOWSHIP FOR Humphrey Student ($6000) at the OSLO INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION SESSION Wednesday, December 3 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Andreas Theater (near the Humphrey Forum) Bring your lunch - cookies and cider provided. Earn graduate credits while studying and traveling in beautiful Norway this summer (June 20 – July 31, 2015). Erin Cowles (2014 Smaby Fellow) will describe her Norway adventure and an International Summer School representative will answer questions. For more information, contact Sherry Gray (grayx260@umn.edu)

Thursday
20

Same Sun: Sami Zouari on Research being done with Prof. Ragui Assaad relating to labor markets in Tunisia

November 20, 3 p.m. | Andreas Theater (HHH 110)

The Same Sun Happy Hour brings together International Fellows with Humphrey School faculty, staff and students to present, share, and discuss a range of international topics in an informal setting. Same Sun will take place on select Thursday afternoons from 3:00-4:00pm over the course of the semester. Food and refreshments will be provided!

Tuesday
18

Freeman Workshop on Global Policy: Sovereign Debt Default

November 18, 12:45 p.m. | The Stassen Room (Room 170), Humphrey School, West Bank Campus

Freeman Center for International Economic Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, presents a Workshop on Global Policy Fred Morrison, University of Minnesota Law School will speak on: Sovereign Debt Default 12:45 - 2:00 pm, Tuesday, November 18 The Stassen Room (Room 170), Humphrey School, West Bank Campus Although the risk of a sovereign debt default in Europe has eased, the issue continues to create concern. A major hedge fund is pursuing Argentina through courts at various locations in the world for full face-value payment in dollars. There have been proposals for compulsory debt restructuring akin to corporate reorganization. This presentation will examine that possibility and procedural and structural obstacles to achieving it. All are welcome! Refreshments will be served.

Friday
14

MNsure 2.0: Consumer Satisfaction, Private Insurance Enrollment, and Financial Balance in 2015

November 14, 1 p.m. | Cowles Auditorium

MNsure expanded coverage and reduced the ranks of the uninsured during its first year of enrollment but will its second push to enroll Minnesotans beginning on November 15th be easier for consumers and more effective? Will the troubled sign-up and processing of applications become more satisfying to consumers? Most of the enrollment in 2014 was in public programs; will enrollment in private insurance – one of MNsure’s primary purposes – be substantially increased in 2015? How can MNsure become financially self-sufficient? https://mnsure2point0.eventbrite.com

Thursday
13

Same Sun: Serge Michel on Haiti is too rich to be poor: Breaking the vicious cycle of poverty

November 13, 3 p.m. | Andreas Theater (HHH 110)

The Same Sun Happy Hour brings together International Fellows with Humphrey School faculty, staff and students to present, share, and discuss a range of international topics in an informal setting. Same Sun will take place on select Thursday afternoons from 3:00-4:00pm over the course of the semester. Food and refreshments will be provided!

Thursday
13

STEP FAR Seminar

November 13, 1 p.m. | HHH 170

Friday
7

Is Obamacare taking America in the Right Direction? A conversation with former U.S. Senate Majority Tom Daschle

November 7, 1 p.m. | Cowles Auditorium

The hex of high costs, unmet needs, and uneven quality has cursed American health care for decades. In 2010, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act with the aim of expanding coverage, bending the cost curve downward, and improving the quality of care for many. How has it performed? Can Obamacare be improved and attract broader support, or should America start over? Join us for a conversation with former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle about the current state of affairs in health care, moderated by former U.S. Congressman Vin Weber. Register at http://sentomdaschle.eventbrite.com

Friday
7

Is Obamacare taking America in the Right Direction? A conversation with former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle

November 7, 1 p.m. | Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN, United States

The hex of high costs, unmet needs, and uneven quality has cursed American health care for decades. In 2010, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act with the aim of expanding coverage, bending the cost curve downward, and improving the quality of care for many. How has it performed? Can Obamacare be improved and attract broader support, or should America start over? Join us for a conversation with former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle about the current state of affairs in health care, moderated by former U.S. Congressman Vin Weber. This event is part of the Vin Weber Lecture Series. RSVP: http://z.umn.edu/hhhdaschle

Thursday
6

Same Sun Happy Hour, Bitton on Israel & the "Intern'l Community"

November 6, 12 p.m. | HHH 110 (Andreas Theater)

Bring your lunch (we provide the drinks) and join us for Same Sun Happy Hour "Israel and the "International Community": Allies or Foes?" Thursday, November 6 at 12:00pm HHH 110 (Andreas Theater) Naor R. Bitton Master of Public Policy Candidate 2015 | Fulbright Scholar Humphrey School of Public Affairs Naor R. Bitton public policy Fulbright scholar, interned for the Israeli mission to the U.N. during operation "Protective Edge".

Thursday
6

Council on Foreign Rels Conf Call--NAFTA @ 20

November 6, 11 a.m. | 280b HHH

On behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), I invite you to participate in the next session of the Fall 2014 CFR Academic Conference Call series on Thursday, November 6, from 11:00am to 12:00 p.m. (CT) in HHH 280b. Shannon K. O'Neil, CFR's senior fellow for Latin America studies, will discuss the role of the North American Free Trade Agreement in the region and policy recommendations for the future. Dr. O'Neil directed CFR's Independent Task Force on North America (2014), and one on U.S.-Latin America Relations (2008). She is the author of "Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead" (Oxford University Press, 2013). Dr. O'Neil has testified before Congress on U.S. policy toward Mexico and she is a frequent commentator on major television and radio programs. Her work has been published in "Foreign Affairs," "Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica," "Americas Quarterly," "Política Exterior," "Foreign Policy," "Washington Post," "Los Angeles Times," and "USA Today," among others. Previously, Dr. O'Neil was a Fulbright scholar; a justice, welfare, and economics fellow at Harvard University; and taught Latin American politics at Columbia University. As background for the discussion, you may wish to have your students review the following materials: 1) "North America: Time for a New Focus," Task Force Report No. 71, Council on Foreign Relations Press, October 2014. http://www.cfr.org/north-america/north-america/p33536?cid=emc-acc-task_force_report_71-110414http://www.cfr.org/north-america/north-america/p33536?cid=emc-acc-task_force_report_71-110414">http://www.cfr.org/north-america/north-america/p33536?cid=emc-acc-task_force_report_71-110414; 2) David Petraeus and Robert Zoellick, "Perfect Partners: North America's Shared Future," ForeignAffairs.com, February 18, 2014. http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/140940/david-petraeus-and-robert-zoellick/perfect-partners?gp=138028:673c28eb5475d7e0http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/140940/david-petraeus-and-robert-zoellick/perfect-partners?gp=138028:673c28eb5475d7e0">http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/140940/david-petraeus-and-robert-zoellick/perfect-partners?gp=138028:673c28eb5475d7e0; 3) Carla A. Hills, "NAFTA's Economic Upsides," Foreign Affairs, January/February 2014. http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/140348/carla-a-hills/naftas-economic-upsides?gp=137508:6ae5130b54624d74http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/140348/carla-a-hills/naftas-economic-upsides?gp=137508:6ae5130b54624d74">http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/140348/carla-a-hills/naftas-economic-upsides?gp=137508:6ae5130b54624d74; 4) Jorge G. Castaneda, "NAFTA's Mixed Record," Foreign Affairs, January/February 2014. http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/140351/jorge-g-castaneda/naftas-mixed-record?gp=137529:b0f01a3254624d74http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/140351/jorge-g-castaneda/naftas-mixed-record?gp=137529:b0f01a3254624d74">http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/140351/jorge-g-castaneda/naftas-mixed-record?gp=137529:b0f01a3254624d74; 5) "North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)," Organization of American States, January 1, 1994. http://www.cfr.org/trade/north-american-free-trade-agreement-nafta/p8574#?cid=emc-acc-NAFTA-110414">http://www.cfr.org/trade/north-american-free-trade-agreement-nafta/p8574#?cid=emc-acc-NAFTA-110414">http://www.cfr.org/trade/north-american-free-trade-agreement-nafta/p8574#?cid=emc-acc-NAFTA-110414 6) Shannon K. O'Neil, "Latin America's Moment," Blog, Council on Foreign Relations. http://blogs.cfr.org/oneil/?cid=emc-acc-Latin_America-110414http://blogs.cfr.org/oneil/?cid=emc-acc-Latin_America-110414">http://blogs.cfr.org/oneil/?cid=emc-acc-Latin_America-110414; I hope you will visit CFR Education, www.cfr.org/education, where you will find CFR and "Foreign Affairs" tools and resources designed specifically for the academic community and announcements about upcoming events. Please don't hesitate to call or email Catalina Caro at 212.434.9564 or academic@cfr.org should you have any questions. Best regards, Irina Irina A. Faskianos Vice President, National Program & Outreach, Council on Foreign Relations 58 East 68th Street, New York, New York 10065 tel 212.434.9465 cell 201.463.4515 fax 212.434.9829 ifaskianos@cfr.org www.cfr.org ************************************************* SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2014 ACADEMIC CONFERENCE CALL SERIES Thursday, November 20, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (ET) "U.S.-China Relations" Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, CFR Thursday, December 4, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (ET) "The Implications of Drones on U.S. Foreign Policy" Micah Zenko, Douglas Dillon Fellow, CFR Sarah Kreps, Associate Professor, Cornell University

Wednesday
5

What happened on Tuesday? A post-election analysis

November 5, 12 p.m. | Humphrey Forum

The upcoming 2014 elections have the potential for a shift in power both locally and nationally. Please join us for a conversation with Ken Martin, chair of the Minnesota DFL and Minnesota Senator Michelle Benson to discuss the results and the implications moving forward. Moderated by Professor Larry Jacobs, the conversation will bring insight from party leaders, legislative experts and political science junkies for an in-depth look at state and national election results. Register at http://tuesdayresults.eventbrite.com

Tuesday
4

Freeman Seminar: Industry Clusters & Their Implications for International Competitiveness

November 4, 12:45 p.m. | The Stassen Room (Room 170) Humphrey School, West Bank Campus

The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy sponsors the Global Policy Seminar/Workshop series every other Tuesday. The sessions are held from 12:45 to 2:00 pm in the Stassen Room (Room 170) of the Humphrey School. Upcoming presentations this semester are: November 4 – Lee Munnich on Industry Clusters and International Competitiveness November 18 – Fred Morrison on Sovereign Debt Default December 2 – Karen Rhone on Islamic Finance ----------------------------------- Freeman Center for International Economic Policy, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, presents a Workshop on Global Policy Lee Munnich Director, State and Local Policy Program, Humphrey School will speak on: Industry Clusters and Their Implications for International Competitiveness 12:45 - 2:00 pm Tuesday, November 4 The Stassen Room (Room 170) Humphrey School, West Bank Campus In 1990 Michael Porter of the Harvard Business School in his book The Competitive Advantage of Nations introduced the concept of industry clusters as a framework for understanding why certain industries tend to locate and remain in certain countries and regions. Porter's diamond of advantage suggests that competitive industry clusters occur where factor conditions, demand conditions, related and supporting industries, and the context for firm strategy and rivalry are aligned to drive innovation and productivity improvement. Twenty-four years after Porter's book was releaed, the industry cluster approach is still influencing national and regional economic development policy thinking. Lee Munnich, Senior Fellow and Director of the Humphrey School's State and Local Policy Program, has studied industry clusters in Minnesota since 1995. Munnich recently hosted a conference with Michael Porter at the Humphrey School on "Mapping the Midwest's Future: Regional Innovation Clusters and Economic Competitiveness" The conference was also the official launch of the U.S. Cluster Mapping tool <http://www.clustermapping.us/>; developed by Harvard Business School's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness for the U.S. Economic Administration. Munnich will discuss what we have learned about industry clusters and implications for international competitiveenss. All are welcome! Refreshments will be served.

Friday
31

Autonomous Vehicles: The Legal and Policy Road Ahead

October 31, 8 a.m. | Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School

The conference will convene a multidisciplinary group of leaders from academia, government, industry, and civil society to explore the legal, ethical, technical, and policy dimensions of automated and autonomous vehicles at the local, state, and national levels. RAND Corporation senior research Karlyn Stanley will discuss opportunities and challenges that lay ahead for autonomous and automated vehicles and the legal, regulatory, and policy frameworks responsible for their oversight and governance. Richard Bishop, Automation Expert from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will speak on the state-of-the-art in autonomous vehicle technology. University of South Carolina law professor Bryant Walker Smith will address legal, ethical, and policy issues surrounding automated driving. Senator Scott Dibble (DFL-61), MN Department of Health Commissioner Edward Ehlinger, Santa Clara University law professor Dorothy Glancy, and University of Minnesota professor David Levinson will head a panel discussion on the impacts and implications of autonomous vehicles for society. Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will close the conference by addressing opportunities and visions for Minnesota. More info: https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/autonomous-vehicles-the-legal-and-policy-road-ahead/

Thursday
30

Same Sun Happy Hour: The World's Largest Human Rights/Democracy Meeting: the OSCE/HDIM

October 30, 12 p.m. | HHH 110 (Andreas Theater)

J. Brian Atwood, Professor Humphrey School of Public Affairs Professor Atwood will present on the Russia/Ukraine Dispute and Russia's New Authoritarianism dominates this meeting-- and many side stories of creeping authoritarianism.

Thursday
30

Same Sun Happy Hour, Brian Atwood speaking on "The World's Largest Human Rights/Democracy Meeting: the OSCE/HDIM"

October 30, 12 p.m. | HHH 110 (Andreas Theater)

Same Sun Happy Hour: The World's Largest Human Rights/Democracy Meeting: the OSCE/HDIM October 30 12:00-1:00pm (Andreas Theater HHH110) Thursday, October 30 at 12:00pm HHH 110 (Andreas Theater) J. Brian Atwood, Professor Humphrey School of Public Affairs Professor Atwood will present on the Russia/Ukraine Dispute and Russia's New Authoritarianism dominates this meeting-- and many side stories of creeping authoritarianism.

Thursday
30

Conversation with GOP Gubernatorial Candidate, Jeff Johnson

October 30, 10:30 a.m. | Humphrey Forum

Join the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance for a sit-down with GOP gubernatorial candidate, Jeff Johnson. Johnson will discuss policies that he would propose if elected governor of Minnesota. The conversation will be moderated by Professor Larry Jacobs. http://jeffjohnsonconvo.eventbrite.com

Wednesday
29

Minnesota's Changing Democracy

October 29, 5:30 p.m. | Humphrey Forum

The growing diversity of Minnesota is widening and enriching the opportunities for existing communities and new citizens to exercise their rights of citizenship. The impact on Minnesota politics is significant, with implications for the balance of power in the state and in the directions of the DFL and Republican Parties. New leaders in Minnesota address the opportunities and challenges moving forward. Featuring Minneapolis City Council Members Abdi Warsame and Blong Yang and State Representative Rena Moran. Register at http://mnchangingdemocracy.eventbrite.com

Tuesday
28

The Bright Sunshine of Human Rights: Hubert Humphrey and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

October 28, 5:30 p.m. | University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, 2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis

Join philanthropic leader Reatha Clark King, former Minnesota Congressman Donald Fraser, and University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs assistant professor Paul Stone as they reflect upon the role Hubert H. Humphrey played in the groundbreaking 1964 Civil Right Act. The event is produced in partnership between the University’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Office for Public Engagement, and Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uroc-critical-conversationsthe-bright-sunshine-of-human-rights-hubert-h-humphrey-and-the-civil-tickets-13443304285